SERVICES - KVH mini-VSAT Broadband coverage for Australian and NZ waters

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Coursemaster announces KVH's new mini-VSAT coverage area to support broadband Internet and VoIP telephone service for maritime and aeronautical applications

SERVICES - KVH mini-VSAT Broadband coverage for Australian and NZ waters
SERVICES - KVH mini-VSAT Broadband coverage for Australia and NZ waters

Continuing a march toward a seamless global broadband network for vessels and aircraft, KVH Industries and its Australian distributor Coursemaster Autopilots, have announced that the mini-VSAT Broadband coverage for the Australia and New Zealand region is now active.

Coursemaster said this follows the successful completion of service testing on the Intelsat IS-2 satellite, with the new coverage area to provide the first significant support for mini-VSAT Broadband service in the southern hemisphere.

This is the latest milestone in the KVH and ViaSat Inc joint effort to provide affordable mobile broadband connections around the globe said the distributor. It added that in addition to providing service for the KVH TracPhone V7, the KVH and ViaSat joint effort also expands network coverage to the ViaSat Yonder mobile network for in-flight broadband to business and commercial aircraft.

"Together with our recently announced coverage for Asian waters and the Indian Ocean, the anticipated addition of service for Australia and NZ represents a significant expansion of our increasingly popular mini-VSAT Broadband Internet and voice service to a major commercial and recreational maritime region," explained Brent C. Bruun, KVH's vice president of sales and business development.

"We believe that our seamless mini-VSAT Broadband network, together with our compact 24in (60cm) commercial-grade antenna and fixed-rate monthly airtime pricing, offers unique benefits to commercial and leisure mariners with regard to hardware and service costs as well as the value that comes with an affordable broadband data connection for crew morale, shipboard operation, regulatory compliance, and more," he said.

The mini-VSAT Broadband service, along with the KVH TracPhone V7 antenna, comprise the first end-to-end 24in VSAT hardware, service, and support package available for maritime communications, said Coursemaster.

"Together, KVH and ViaSat are already offering Voice over IP phone service and Internet access as fast as 512Kbps (upload) and 2Mbps (download) at fixed monthly rates to mariners throughout North America, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, Europe, the Northern Pacific, and the Persian Gulf," the company said.

Richard Chapman, Coursemaster’s managing director said: "Both leisure and commercial users will benefit with the introduction of the new compact TracPhone V7, which is 75 per cent lighter and 85 per cent smaller by volume than traditional 1-metre VSAT antennas, and brings a blend of the economy and speed of VSAT communications with lower costs and easier installation, making the system exceptionally well suited for a wide range of mobile applications."

For further information, contact Richard Chapman, Coursemaster Autopilots, phone (02) 9417 7097 or visit

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